Salisbury Gathering met in its new space at John Calvin on Sunday, April 3rd, the beginning of a new schedule of services on the first and second Sundays at 11:30 am, through the end of July. It was a wonderful feeling and, as a founding member, it reminded me of the early days of PUUC as 25 of us joined together in the, “new to us,” chapel on a lovely spring morning. Once upon a time, Piedmont was quite nomadic and although surroundings changed several times in those early years, people kept showing up because they found community with people who aspired to the principles of our Unitarian Universalist faith.
Our minister for the April 3rd service, Shakeisha Gray, formally blessed our space. She shared blessings of intention for a welcoming and intergenerational community, for creativity, and for love and service and we responded with the words, “we bless this sanctuary as a place of love and peace.” Her closing blessing of intention for connection was a wonderful summation of what I perceive and feel when I gather with my fellow UUs.
As with the beginnings of Piedmont, the concluding blessing for connection described a shared intention of purpose, values, and trust. — “We bless this space and each other with our intention for connection. May this truly be a sanctuary that radiates with the warmth of relationship. May it be a place that nurtures and sustains human kinship, offering shelter and comfort, and creating bonds of affection and care. May it provide opportunities for collaboration and interfaith work that does not end at these walls, but reaches out into the larger community and the world beyond. May we be woven ever more artfully and lovingly into the interconnected web of life of which we are all a part.”
There is sweetness with our move. It’s just next door and the Temple Israel congregation will move and share space as well since they sold their property. It is indeed a blessing to continue this long standing interfaith relationship with the Temple and John Calvin and continue to add our UU voices to our unique community of Salisbury and the surrounding area. I will end with the words often used as we close. “May it be so.”
Salisbury Gathering Steering Team Lead